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    These tiny houses are cheaper to rent-to-buy than renting a room in Auckland

    These tiny houses are cheaper to rent-to-buy than renting a room in Auckland


    An Auckland company is selling tiny houses for weekly payments of $180 – cheaper than the average weekly cost of renting a room...

    An Auckland company is selling tiny houses for weekly payments of $180 – cheaper than the average weekly cost of renting a room in Auckland.
    Australian teenager becomes owner of $18.5 million mansion

    Australian teenager becomes owner of $18.5 million mansion


    It was the best Christmas present a teenager could hope for – a Sydney mansion worth a whopping A$17.5 million...

    It was the best Christmas present a teenager could hope for – a Sydney mansion worth a whopping A$17.5 million (NZ$18.5m).
    What should first-home buyers ask the bank?

    What should first-home buyers ask the bank?


    We're hoping to buy our first home in the new year and people keep telling us that it's a really good time to get a mortgage because interest rates are low. Apart from my student loan I've never really borrowed money before and I'm not sure how all this...

    We're hoping to buy our first home in the new year and people keep telling us that it's a really good time to get a mortgage because interest rates are low. Apart from my student loan I've never really borrowed money before and I'm not sure how all this mortgage stuff works. My partner is from overseas so he's not very clued up on the New Zealand system and we're both a bit freaked out at the thought of signing up to 25 years of debt! I feel like I've done heaps of research about what to look out for when you're buying a house, but when it comes to banks, I'm a bit lost. What do we need to look out for when we're shopping for a mortgage and who can help us?
    Rental squeeze sees rising numbers of man's best friends kicked to the kerb

    Rental squeeze sees rising numbers of man's best friends kicked to the kerb


    Kiwis are abandoning their four-legged friends just so they can have a roof over their head, as the rental squeeze bites harder with every passing...

    Kiwis are abandoning their four-legged friends just so they can have a roof over their head, as the rental squeeze bites harder with every passing day.
    Boy racer totals fence as homeowners eat lunch

    Boy racer totals fence as homeowners eat lunch


    A Taranaki couple have been left with a $500 bill after an out-of-control driver smashed through their garden fence, missing a power pole by...

    A Taranaki couple have been left with a $500 bill after an out-of-control driver smashed through their garden fence, missing a power pole by inches.   
    Wanaka has a housing problem, but KiwiBuild is not the solution

    Wanaka has a housing problem, but KiwiBuild is not the solution


    OPINION: Anyone who arrived in Wanaka for the first time could be forgiven for thinking the town is in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime building...

    OPINION: Anyone who arrived in Wanaka for the first time could be forgiven for thinking the town is in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime building boom.
    Artist Guy Ngan's Stokes Valley home is an artwork in its own right

    Artist Guy Ngan's Stokes Valley home is an artwork in its own right


    Prominent architect Ron Sang believes the family home built by his friend, the late artist Guy Ngan is an artwork in its own...

    Prominent architect Ron Sang believes the family home built by his friend, the late artist Guy Ngan is an artwork in its own right.
    At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen

    At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen


    Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service Roomie.co.nz, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the...

    Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service Roomie.co.nz, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the cat. 
    How to create a workable home office in a small space

    How to create a workable home office in a small space


    Many people spend an increasing amount of time on home-based work. Even if you're not actually working from home, you'll probably need an area for a computer, somewhere for paying bills, a place for kids to do homework or a space for hobbies or creative...

    Many people spend an increasing amount of time on home-based work. Even if you're not actually working from home, you'll probably need an area for a computer, somewhere for paying bills, a place for kids to do homework or a space for hobbies or creative pastimes.
    5 minute gardener: this weekend's garden tasks

    5 minute gardener: this weekend's garden tasks


    MOSS Remove moss (and liverwort, lichen and algae) from where it is not wanted. While it gives charm and character to timber, stone and concrete walls, statues and sculpture, it can make paths slippery. Moss most commonly appears on damp, shady...

    MOSS
    Remove moss (and liverwort, lichen and algae) from where it is not wanted. While it gives charm and character to timber, stone and concrete walls, statues and sculpture, it can make paths slippery. Moss most commonly appears on damp, shady spots.
    Box clever: The scientific research being done to save our buxus hedges

    Box clever: The scientific research being done to save our buxus hedges


    The future of treasured box hedges and parterres at historic gardens such as those of the National Trust in Britain and at the likes of Versailles may be assured thanks in part to the work of a New Zealand...

    The future of treasured box hedges and parterres at historic gardens such as those of the National Trust in Britain and at the likes of Versailles may be assured thanks in part to the work of a New Zealand scientist.